On an island, in the land of Aztlan, stands a teocalli, like the temples of worship in Mexico.
Then he turned to view the teocalli, which he found not unworthy of his regard.
At a given signal, all three bodies of soldiers commenced to converge towards a single point, that being the teocalli.
In the midst arose the huge mound of the teocalli, menacing, formidable.
teocalli, among the ancient Mexicans a spirally-terraced pyramidal structure surmounted by a temple containing images of the gods.
Inside these were kept the idols of the gods to whom the teocalli was sacred.
Some cut themselves with knives, others climbing up to the summit of the teocalli flung themselves headlong down the staircase.
He was then conducted to a teocalli some three miles from the city of Mexico.
Such an erection was called a teocalli or "abode of the gods."
The Spaniards surround the teocalli and you will be killed or taken prisoner.'
1570s, from American Spanish, from Nahuatl (Aztec) teohcalli, literally "temple, church," from teotl "god" + calli "house."